• A-Rod Close, Chavez Closer

    Posted by on July 26th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    Via George King

    The Yankees may still need pitching — especially as far as a left-handed reliever is concerned — but they won’t feel utterly compelled to go find another bat before the trading deadline.

    Not when they expect to have Alex Rodriguez back by the second week of August following the possible activation of Eric Chavez as soon as today.

    Rodriguez, who underwent right knee surgery just over two weeks, is right on schedule for a return that originally was pegged at 4-6 weeks. Rodriguez is showing all signs of making the sooner rather than later return.

    “I’ve had some communication on what he does. He sends me usually what he does every day. He’s feeling pretty good. He’s moving along,” manager Joe Girardi said last night. “I can’t tell you when we’ll see him. I don’t have that date. I think our doctors are discussing . . . when we might see him but he’s progressing fine. He’s on schedule.”

    General manager Brian Cashman told ESPN Sunday night that he was eying “maybe the second week of August . . . That’s just us being conservative. I think we can push it and get him back sooner, but why? Our offense is strong.”

    That scenario would put Rodriguez, who had surgery July 11 in Miami, where he is doing his rehab, back at 5 weeks, right in the middle of the original timeframe.

    “He’s been in the pool. I think he’s done some jogging in the pool. He’s done some elliptical work, those types of things. So far everything has been on the up and up,” Girardi said, claiming the five-week span is realistic “because everything went good, the way we expected.”

    But as the GM said, there is no need to hasten the return, especially with Chavez expected back. A terrific defensive third baseman, Chavez also represents a “potent left-handed bat” for Girardi, one that would enable him to use Rodriguez as a designated hitter for as long as necessary.

    Eric and Alex are one heckuva upgrade over Brandon Laird and Chris Dickerson, that’s for sure.

    Comments on A-Rod Close, Chavez Closer

    1. Raf
      July 26th, 2011 | 11:00 am

      What do you think of Laird, Steve? Seems to have good power, looks like his swing’s a bit long. Doesn’t seem to have control of the strike zone just yet.

      Anyway, as you say, he’s gone as soon as Rodriguez is off the DL.

    2. Evan3457
      July 26th, 2011 | 2:37 pm

      Laird is gone when Chavez gets back, maybe today.

      Dickerson is gone when A-Rod gets back, hopefully about 2-2 1/2 weeks from now.

    3. July 26th, 2011 | 2:56 pm

      Raf wrote:

      What do you think of Laird, Steve?

      He’s not a prospect. Most reports say his glove is suspect at 3B. And, he’s not a LF. Doesn’t hit enough for 1B. Surprised no one talked him into trying catching, like his brother. I suppose, maybe, one day, he COULD develop into a big leaguer who hits .250 with 15-20 HR power. But, that’s probably his best projection.

    4. #15
      July 26th, 2011 | 3:11 pm

      I think the main topic here is we’ll be seeing more AB’s from A-Rod and Chavez (in various combinations at third and DH) and less of Jorge. Probably a good thing.

      Jorge is generally not going to hit against lefties much any more, and now he’ll have to out-hit Chavez from the left side. I’d bet a nickel on Chavez being the better stick. Just not sure he can stay on the field.

      A-Rod will come back and be pressing to maintain his 30/100 streak so he’ll want AB’s. You know he’ll have to DH some at least initially. Much rather have him swinging the bat at DH (with Chavez at third), than Jorge.

      Some sparks of life coming from Jeter’s bat. Hope he can keep it up.

    5. Raf
      July 26th, 2011 | 4:44 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      I suppose, maybe, one day, he COULD develop into a big leaguer who hits .250 with 15-20 HR power. But, that’s probably his best projection.

      Yeah, utility corner IF with some LF/RF work thrown in. Won’t hit enough to start, but may succeed in a part time role. I have a feeling you’ll see him playing overseas.

      Good work if you can get it. 😀

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